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‘Reach Out To Lend A Helping Hand’: Gary Sinise Encourages People To Help Others This Holiday Season

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‘Reach Out To Lend A Helping Hand’: Gary Sinise Encourages People To Help Others This Holiday Season

By Movieguide® Contributor

Actor Gary Sinise is known for his extensive humanitarian work, especially with veterans and military families. The actor recently reminded us of the importance of lending a hand to others this holiday season. 

“It usually starts out very grassroots, but you have to take action. You have to show people that you’re serious,” Sinise said of his charitable efforts. “You have to show people that you’re willing to do things, and encourage them to get on board to support you.”

Sinise launched The Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011 and said he’s been “blessed” with opportunities that allow him to help others. 

Before he started his own foundation, the actor worked with organizations like Disabled American Veterans and helped build The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance.

“I learned a lot from a lot of different military nonprofits and first responder nonprofits as to where the needs were, and how I could apply my services as a celebrity, somebody who’s in the public eye to draw attention to what they were doing and to help them raise money,” Sinise explained. 

Sinise has also balanced his humanitarian work with an impressive acting career. 

“I’ve had a lot of success in the movie and television business,” he shared. “CSI: NEW YORK was a great run for nine years. I was able to take some of that financial success and turn it into doing some good for others and build a foundation,” Sinise said. “It’s made the career make even more sense because I was able to do some good for other people with the success that I’ve been blessed with.”

Sinise then encouraged others to help as well, saying, “We all have veterans in our local community, so many who struggle in silence. Reach out to lend a helping hand. And if you feel so inspired, support organizations who uplift them. At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we do just that 365 days a year.”

Movieguide® previously reported on The Gary Sinise Foundation:

This holiday season, Gary Sinise expressed his gratitude for America’s servicemen and women. 

“Supporting our nation’s heroes is my lifelong mission and I will continue to serve it faithfully,” Sinise shared. “It’s an honor to be recognized and the best part is that I get to, in turn, shine a light and recognize the true heroes who serve our country.” 

In 2011, Sinise launched the Gary Sinise Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides support and fundraising for veterans. 

“The mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation is broad, and this is a reflection of the needs I’ve seen over the many years supporting so many amazing organizations,” the actor explained. “And the Foundation’s mission is designed to also give us the freedom and flexibility to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our veterans, first responders, and the families who sacrifice alongside them.” 

Sinise has spent years supporting the armed forces and veterans and frequently speaks about his admiration for them. 

“Regardless of whether you are left or right, Republican or Democrat, conservative, liberal, whatever, our defenders defend us all,” Sinise said, “and having been in the military community for so long, I have met extraordinary people serving our country.”

He continued, “We all need heroes, people to look up to and aspire to. I think that we, as a grateful nation, can always do a little more to support them in their time of need.”